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Speed dating with NADRA builders
NADRA
Atlanta Deck Builder members will have the opportunity to see and hear about new products and programs from NADRA manufacture and distributor members. This will enable our participating vendor members a one-on-one opportunity to present their 2013 new products and programs with the key deck builders in the Atlanta market. If you are a NADRA builder and would like to participate, please email Keith Compton, Atlanta chapter president. If you are a NADRA vendor member and would like to learn more, click here. The event will be held on Tuesday April 16, at the Ivey in Buckhead and we will get there at 5:30 p.m. with the actual sessions starting at 6:30. The fee for participation is $300 and you are guaranteed at least five sessions. Please book in advance because we have a fixed amount of sessions to offer and they will sell out fast. Even if you cannot participate we encourage all members to attend. We will be giving out information on upcoming events, sharing chapter information and there will be plenty of opportunity to network throughout the evening. Click here to learn more.
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2015 code update
By Glenn Mathewson, NADRA's Technical Advisor
Two weeks ago the code proposals for the creation of the 2015 IRC were posted for public review, and NADRA quickly made our industry aware. There are a lot of them to review. In building codes alone there were 1,132 pages of proposals. I have read and skimmed through all these pages and found the proposals related in some way to our industry. These proposal numbers and a brief explanation can be read here. There's some good stuff, some questionable stuff and some ... other stuff proposed. I will be at the hearings in Dallas at the end of April representing NADRA and our industry ... so let NADRA know what you think. Here are some highlights of what may be ready and waiting for you in the future. I know 2015 is years away ... but the decisions are being made now.
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See the recorded webinar from NADRA and VisionScape
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This is a recording from a Live NADRA/VisionScape Webinar showing how the VisionScape program works. This NADRA-exclusive training webinar covers the major features of VisionScape's 3-D deck, railing, fencing and outdoor living design tools. To learn more about VisionScape, click here. To watch the video, click here.
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NADRA Education Tour: 1st stop, Minnesota, May 9 and 10 — Save the date!
NADRA
When: May 9 and 10 (Thursday and Friday)
Where: Element Materials Technology
662 Cromwell Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55114
Registration: Details coming soon
Sponsorship Opportunities: http://nadra.org/Education/EDU_Sponsorship_Form.html
Who will be there? Local code officials, commercial general contractors, residential deck builders, distributors, building product manufacturers
What will be happening? This event is a NADRA education event. We will have guest speakers from ICC-ES, local and outstate code officials. We will be promoting Deck Safety Month through classroom lectures, lab tours, live testing demonstrations and tables by manufacturers technical staff. Display tables from NADRA members. NADRA will be holding class 3 of the NADRA Master Deck Professional Certification Program with Glenn Mathewson. Classes 1 and 2 are now available online, class 4 will be held at DeckExpo in Chicago. Click here to view the MN Benefits flyer.

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NADRA Minnesota chapter meeting, Thursday, April 4 at 6 p.m.
NADRA
If you are a current, former or prospective member of NADRA in the Minnesota area, we invite you to join us on Thursday, April 4, at 6 p.m. for a planning meeting. All are encouraged to participate. Please join us on April 4th. For more details and to RSVP, please click here. Click here to view the NADRA Minnesota Benefits flyer.
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Fortress Railing Products establishes distribution partnership with Huttig Building Products in Northern California
NADRA
Fortress Railing Products, a leading innovator and manufacturer of railing products, announces its partnership with Huttig Building Products, one of the nation's largest wholesale distributors of specialty building products. Striving to be the best distributor of every product it sells, in every market it serves, Huttig Building Products is confident in its services and continues to improve its offerings and distribution methods so its dealers have an efficient model to service their customers.
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Boston Cedar and RDI
NADRA
Continuing a long tradition of introducing innovative building materials for independent lumber dealers in the Northeast U.S., Boston Cedar is pleased to announce its newest offering; RDI Metal Work's Excalibur Railing. The folks at Railing Dynamics Inc. have taken elements you've come to love from the Endurance and Titan Pro railing systems and created Excalibur, the new railing line from the Metal Works family.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Regal Ideas
Is the largest manufacturer of "1-2-3 Step Easy to Install" component Aluminum Railing, Fencing, Deck components
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The decking industry represented by NADRA at ICC Committee Action Hearings
Duradek
The decking industry has a voice of representation with the North America Deck and Railing Association, and right now is an important time to have that voice heard. On March 11, the International Code Council released proposed changes to the 2012 International Residential Code. As NADRA members, Duradek extends an invitation to all of our decking industry friends and associates to give us your feedback on the proposed changes, both positive and negative, during the next couple of weeks. We will gather all of your thoughts and insights and provide NADRA with your collective comments to consider for their official position on decking industry representation at the ICC Committee Action Hearings.
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5 reasons why homeowners choose composite decking
Best Rate Repair
When you envision a lazy afternoon spent reading outside on the deck, or napping in the sun, you probably include a wooden deck in the picture. Wooden decks are a classic icon of Americana, however, in the last 20 years, composite decking has exploded in popularity. Composite decking is made from recycled plastics and wood fiber and offers some big benefits over wooden decks. Here are five reasons why homeowners love composite decking.
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8 ways to de-stress your outdoor space
The Huffington Post
We know that creating and maintaining a clean, organized and appealing interior can be stressful. So adding the task of caring for the outside of our homes to our to-do lists can be headache-inducing. That's why it's understandable that when it comes to household upkeep, it's often outside areas that are given low priority, particularly during the cooler months. But creating a clean and restful patio, yard or garden space doesn't have to be a big hassle — even if you don't have much of a green thumb.
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Time to plan the patio project
Deseret News
Is your spring project priority list is filling up fast? No doubt many of your lists include some overhaul to or addition of an outdoor space. Though Mother Nature may still throw us a snow storm or two, now is the time to plan your outdoor renovation so you will be ready to dig in when the warmer weather arrives.
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Today's home plans often blur the line between indoor and outdoor living
The Times of Northwest Indiana
There's nothing like a blast of frigid artic air the day before spring's highly-anticipated arrival to make Midwesterners smile and say, "at least the sun is shining." Warmer weather is on the way, and we look forward to moving outdoors. In today's fast-paced, highly interconnected world, spending time at home with family and friends is one of life's simple pleasures.
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US wood furniture sales to rise, tight lumber supply
Woodworking Network
The next few quarters will bring better business and higher lumber prices, but cost containment will present challenges for the forest products industry. Profitability will remain elusive for sawmills as log supplies stay tight and prices continue to bid higher. Plus, challenges posed by implementation of the Affordable Care Act vexes some business owners, who say until its full impacts and implications become available, they will keep hiring and expansion plans on ice.
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Forest industry may reap the benefits of skyrocketing timber prices
The Aspen Business Journal
While Colorado's forests continue to suffer from beetle epidemics at high altitude and the hangover from a century's fire suppression at lower altitude, there's some good news out there for those who believe in active forest management. Timber prices, which were bottomed out during much of Colorado beetle kill epidemic, are set to skyrocket, and the state's timber industry may be rising in time to take advantage, industry experts said.
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Outdoor sales heat up with spring fever
Furniture Today
The peak season for swimming pools, barbecues and outdoor entertaining is just a few weeks away, and forecasts suggest that sales of outdoor furniture will rise along with the temperature. With a 5.6 percent increase in sales from 2011 to 2012, the outdoor furniture category has captured a healthy portion of the discretionary income pie, and manufacturers are expecting future positive growth as consumers respond to expanded product lines that take indoor styles outside.
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Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. announced that net sales for the year ended Dec. 31, were $74.6 million, up from $59.3 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011.

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NADRA-exclusive webinar with VisionScape this Thursday at 7:20 p.m. ET
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This NADRA-exclusive VisionScape training webinar will cover the major features of VisionScape's 3-D deck, railing, fencing and outdoor living design tools.

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4 lucky homeowners to win $5,000 worth of decking materials in new 'Ask for Fiberon' promotion
MFR Tech
Fiberon, a leading manufacturer of PVC and composite decking, railing and fencing products, announced a new promotion — "Ask for Fiberon."

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LEADERSHIP


5 weird habits that make people successful and awesome
Fast Company
Yes, we all need to heed our callings, follow our north stars, and not settle for a jobs, but pursue careers. Thing is, during anyone's career, sometimes it gets weird — and getting weird can pay off. Over at Forbes, Jason Nazar gets it done.
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The pros and cons of using video app 'Vine' for marketing
Entrepreneur
If you use Twitter — professionally or personally, or both — you've probably seen an increase in six-second looping videos in your feed. They come from Vine, a new mobile app from Twitter that lets iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad users create and post short video clips to Twitter and Facebook. Simply point your mobile device, touch the screen and the app records up to six seconds.
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CALENDAR


Important dates to remember
NADRA
  • April 4 — NADRA MN Chapter Meeting, click here for more details
  • April 16 — NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting — Ivy Buckhead
  • April 21-30 — 2013 Group B Committee Action Hearings — Sheraton Dallas Downtown Hotel
  • May 9 and 10 — NADRA MN Education Event at Element Materials Technology: 662 Cromwell Ave. St. Paul, MN 55114. More details TBA
For more details on NADRA Events, email your questions to info@NADRA.org.


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